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An older person may grieve due to a decline in physical, mental or cognitive health. It is also important to acknowledge that a resident’s family members might start to grieve before their death. Healthdirect has a webpage on understanding anticipatory grief. CareSearch provides an overview about abnormal grief. The Palliative Care Bridge from HammondCare also has some educational videos on bereavement and complicated grief. PalliAGED offers a variety of resources to learn more about grief, loss and bereavement. There are links to a guide to assessing bereavement and support and a tool to distinguish between depression and grief.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) offers education and training opportunities for health professionals and the wider community to enhance grief and bereavement knowledge and practice. Education and training programs are offered as seminars, workshops, courses, conferences, webinars and customised training that meet the specific needs of organisations and agencies.
Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA)
Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA) developed a resource called Making Choices for Life. One of the learning modules is on Death and Loss, Our Emotional Responses: Identifying and reflecting upon our own emotional responses to death and dying, exploring access to bereavement care and support.
Page updated 04 February 2019